Mushfiq, Sabbir lead Tiger's fight back on Day 1 in 2nd Test
Poriborton Correspondent 6:32 pm, September 04, 2017
Bangladesh has some solace as skipper Mushfiqur Rahim led from the front with a gritty unbeaten 62 and a blazing 66 by Sabbir Rahman saw Tigers wrested initial Australians initiatives of Nathan Lyon's 5 /77 to finish the day one at 253 for 6 at stumps in the second and final Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
The 29-year old off-spinner went on an lbw rampage to take Bangladesh' first four wickets of Tamim Iqbal (9), Soumya Sarkar (33), Imrul Kayes (4) and Mominiul Haque and completed his five-wicket haul dismissing the prized scalp of Sabbir Rahman (66) to put Australia on top after Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim won the important toss and decided to bat first.
When the Tigers were struggling 117 for 5, Mushfiq and middle order batsman Sabbir Rahman took the responsibility to repair the early damage as they rescued Bangladesh dilapidated innings to stop the rot.
They contributed an important 105-runs partnership for the sixth wicket stand to take Bangladesh total to 222 before Lyon dealt the final blow on Bangladesh on the day removing dangerous Sabbir who was shaping well.
Sabbir, who completed his fourth Test half century from 113 balls that studded six fours and one six before he was stumped by wicket-keeper Matthew Wade. But skipper Rahim made sure Tiger's fight back does not go down to drain as they fought back to regain control not to allow any deviation from the script when Sabbir fell to a moment of extravaganza, but Nasir Hossain ganged up with his skipper to ensure that there were no further surprises.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain with some determined batting were on the crease with 62 and 19 runs as the stumps were drawn for the day.
The start of the Chittagong Test gave way for an unprecedented event in the history of Bangladesh cricket as it was a big day, a big occasion but alas, the Tigers finish first hour not to their likings as they lost in-form Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes inside the first hour.
However, Tigers staged prompt recovery, riding on stodgy efforts from Mominul Haque and Soumya Sarkar in a 49-run stand for the third wicket, before losing Soumya right at the stroke of Lunch.
On a wicket that looked tailor made for batting, Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bat first. It was no surprise that his Australian counterpart expressed the same desire. But Steve Smith would not have been disappointed as his lead spinner Lyon scalped two early wickets early in the session to dent Bangladesh at 21 for 2.
Lyon almost struck immediately. Tamim, who hit a 71 and 78 in the first Test, copped a nasty blow when Pat Cummins hurled a bouncer at him in the fifth over.
Clearly shaken by the event, Tamim edged off Cummins in the following over to be dropped by Glenn Maxwell at third slip. While the paceman was unlucky not to have pocketed the scalp, Lyon grabbed the opportunity by beating the opener on the inside edge to trap him plumb in front for only nine runs.
Lyon then picked his second, when he trapped the out-of-form Kayes in front, as the left-hander missed a sweep.
Mominul, who was initially overlooked in the squad for the first Test, was back and back for good as he used his feet beautifully against the turn of Lyon, Steve O'Keefe and Ashton Agar.
Both the batsmen had almost ensured Bangladesh's safety after the initial two wickets, before an overtly cautious Sarkar (33) was struck in front. Departing in the final over before Lunch, Souyma's exit once again put the tourists on top.
Lyon continued his onslaught in the second session as he sent back to Mominul Haque for 31 while star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (24) followed the footprint of Mominul, leaving Bangladesh again in a deep trouble.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh made one change to their eleven as they left out paceman Shafiul Islam to fit in Mominul. Australia left the out-of-form Usman Khawaja out to draft in batting all-rounder Hilton Cartwright, and replaced the injured Josh Hazlewood with Steve O'Keefe.
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